“Inconsistent command. Far too many at-bats where he pitched behind in the count,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Uncharacteristic from what we’re accustomed from Clay. When he made mistakes, it found the middle of the plate.”
Farrell said there are no health issues with the right-hander. He’s allowed 29 hits in 15 innings over his last three starts.
“Physically, no complaints,” Farrell said. “But we’ve got to get him to make some adjustments.”
Buchholz gave up a pair of homers to red-hot Edwin Encarnacion, who also hit a two homers in the series opener.
“He’s a dangerous hitter with tremendous power,” Farrell said. “You make mistakes, he makes you pay. This is a quick strike offense.”
Earlier in the day, the team made it official in the signing of Drew, who was hoping for a team to sign him to a contract.
Now that the Red Sox have come calling, he thinks he’ll need about nine or 10 days to be ready.
While the team is waiting for Drew to return, the offense sputtered again, leaving 11 on base.
“We continue to get double digit runners on base,” Farrell said. “At some point it’ll turn.”
Drew feels like he’s close to where he needs to be physically.
“The last five months I’ve been working real hard, seven days a week,” Drew said before the game after reporting to the Red Sox. “I didn’t take one day off, hitting, throwing and practicing, running bases and everything you can think of to be ready so I wouldn’t have had to sit out for a while.”
Drew was the shortstop on Boston’s World Series championship team last year, and the Red Sox gave him a qualifying offer of $14.1 million in the offseason. He turned it down, becoming a free agent, but any team that signed him would have owed the Red Sox draft choice compensation.
No market developed, so he was still waiting this week when Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks broke a finger. Boston signed Drew to a one-year pro-rated deal that will pay him exactly $10 million for the last 4½ months of the season; he is expected to play shortstop and Xander Bogaerts will move over to third base.